This is a great narrative of the discoveries of Isaac Newton and other 17th century scientists. It also gives wonderful insight into the culture and beliefs of the times and how these discoveries were received.
Really good. Great performance. Has a very deep and dramatic history I had no idea about from the era.
It puts the discoveries of the society in context of when they were made and how people thought. This book is the best for appreciating the amazing innovations of science while being an fun read since Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything.
The performance has the gravitas and occasional levity of Shakespeare.
Double thumbs up
Coffee drinker and Ironic worker
well read and fascinating story of Newton and Liebnitz, who discovered calculus and ushered in the modern world.
I know talent and this has it but I just could not get into it. so sorry. maybe if it included more zombies. just a thought
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
The Clockwork Universe, by Edward Dolnick, narrated by Alan Sklar. The cursory story of the scientific and mathematical components of the renaissance.
This book was effectively delivered in three parts. First we were taught the medieval times left western civilization in ignorance. The populace was laden with myth, old wives’ tales, and superstition as its only learning. In other words, the western Europeans were in abject ignorance. The second part introduces us to some of the renaissance’s greatest thinkers, including Galileo, Newton and Leibnitz. None of that was particularly interesting, well written or of probative value. The final portion of the book explained some of the ingenious discoveries of those three prodigies and others. The explanation of Galileo’s perception of motion, Newton’s discovery of gravity, the components of light and calculus, and his competition with Leibnitz for genius of the time became a bit more interesting.
On whole a disappointment. Too little to make the read worth the undertaking. Yet, not too burdensome to read if one has nothing better to do and the subject matter is of interest.
A few curious men shared their interest and ideas and in doing so forever changed our understanding of the world. This is an entertaining look back at the building blocks of scientific inquiry and its impact on the modern world.
The author wastes a lot of space trashing religious belief in Newton's time. Frustrating defect. Not enough science for me.